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Bulb Bowl

Bulb Bowl

early 1400s

Description

Numbered Jun ware is inscribed with a number on its bottom-in this case number "two"-and is thought to have been made initially for the early Ming imperial court.The number indicates size, with "one" being the largest and "ten" being the smallest. Another characteristic is the "earthworm trail" left on the glaze surface, seen on the interior of this bulb bowl, where the opalescent blue glaze has cracked in several places during firing. The rich purplish tone on the exterior is the result of using copper pigment in the glaze.
  • Men-chu Wang, Beijing, China. Seller's No. 9
    ?–1957
    (Frank Caro [1904–1980], New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1957–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art Handbook. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1958. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 845 archive.org
    Lee, Sherman E. A History of Far Eastern Art. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1964. Reproduced: colorplate 36, p. 340
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1966. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Reproduced: p. 256 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 256 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 338 archive.org
    Kerr, Rose. Dazzling Official Jun Wares: From Museums and Collections Around the World. [Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK] : ACC Art Books, 2021. Reproduced: P. 184-185, no. 116
  • {{cite web|title=Bulb Bowl|url=false|author=|year=early 1400s|access-date=01 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1957.33